Donna's Writings

11/01/2015

Ending the Year with Joy

I can’t wait for Nov 15. I am starting my annual Year End Rejuvenation and Business Planning period. I’ve made it into an ecourse so others can join me but this is something I’ve been doing forever.

I started one November when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I picked up this book because I wanted to write and I wasn’t writing. I intended to find out what was blocking me and start writing science fiction stories or science articles or … I really didn’t know what. I just new I wanted to be a writer. What happened when I read this book, is that I cracked open and starting designing my own knitting projects and writing knitting patterns. Woah! So not what I expected. I thought I’d become and instant genius at writing fiction. Instead, here I was having a blast with yarn and needles and writing technical instructions.

Since that time in the early 2000s, before my first book, The Knitted Rug, was even conceived, I have done an annual year-end at-home retreat where I spend time every day thinking about the coming year in a low-key, relaxing way. I love the holidays–that time in the USA from Thanksgiving in late-November through New Year’s day on the first of January. I don’t care if I spend time with family and friends or have quiet time at home. I don’t care if I go to big parties or family dinners or cook a turkey just for my husband and myself to enjoy. I don’t care if we decorate and listen to Christmas music, or ignore all the traditions and go to the movies. I just love the season and how it feels to me.

This season has become my personal time to reflect, looking back, and to plan, looking forward. Every year I do something a little different, depending on what’s on my mind regarding my business and creative projects. I don’t spend a ton of time on this. Some years I’m busy shopping and decorating and cooking and baking and listening to Christmas music, after all. But I find that just about 15 minutes of slow-down time a day makes all the difference in the world. A cup of tea, a short walk, a doodle in my notebook, making a list. These are the kinds of things I do as I wrap up one year and get ready for the next.

Maybe you’ll join me? I’ve priced this course at a ridiculously low amount because I know we all have so much going on and we are often short of money as well as time this season.

Year End Rejuvenation and Business Planning

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